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The back panel is stuffed with connectors: there are six USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, one Firewire 1394a port, both digital and analog audio outputs, a conventional PS/2 mouse connector, and the ridge of the northbridge cooler. Once the (included) radial fan is installed, hot air can escape right here.

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The X48 northbridge is hidden under a massive cooler that connects to the copper heat pipe. The cooler is ready for liquid cooling solutions.

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The ICH9 southbridge is also covered by a heat sink and connected to the heat pipe, although it doesn’t get as hot as the northbridge.

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This photo leaves no doubt: the eight-phase voltage regulator is powerful enough to run any high-end processor. The MOSFETs are covered with heat sinks.

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The mounting kit for liquid cooling solutions is included.

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The SupremeFX II HD audio module is part of the Striker II Extreme as well; it offers all conventional audio jacks.

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The LCD Poster is a little status display that displays vital system information for enthusiasts.

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The radial fan Asus provides is necessary to cool the northbridge when a liquid cooling solution or another sophisticated cooler is installed. In this case, there won’t be any airflow from the CPU cooler fan.

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Asus bundles Company of Heroes with the Striker II Extreme.

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    dwarfer , 25 June 2008 16:23
    what ram is being used here?